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2009 NETS Calendar Now Available

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  • Anthony and Jessica
    Greetings Friends, It is our hope this finds you all well. Just in time for the holidays, and earlier than last year, the 2009 Heren Istarion: Northeast
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 19, 2008
      Greetings Friends,
      It is our hope this finds you all well. Just in time for the
      holidays, and earlier than last year, the 2009 Heren Istarion:
      Northeast Tolkien Society Calendar is now available for order. We
      thank everyone for making the 2008 Calendar the success it was, and
      in following that success we are again humbly grateful to Phil Goss
      of the "Compleat Gyde to Tolkien Calendars" and his daughter Megan
      Goss of Digital Imaging Technologies for bringing to fruition this
      new contribution to collectibles.
      This years calendar features a new cover by Jef Murray, and
      illustrations for each year within the Shire Reckoning format within
      by Colin "Bungo" Williams and Catherine Karina Chmiel (Kasiopea). We
      thank all who participated in bringing this years calendar to
      fruition and hope everyone will seek to add it to their collection.
      Calendars are $20 + shipping and handling

      Here is more information on the contributors of the 2009 NETS
      Jef Murray is internationally recognized for his illustrations of
      works by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Jef's paintings have been
      featured in group and solo shows in England (Moreton-in-Marsh,
      Oxford, and Birmingham), in Canada (Toronto), and in the U.S.A. His
      sketches and paintings have appeared internationally in the St.
      Austin Revue (StAR), Mallorn (the journal of the Tolkien Society),
      Amon Hen (the newsletter of the Tolkien Society), Silver Leaves, and
      Gilbert Magazine. In the United States, his work has appeared in
      Parma Nole, MythPrints, Mythic Circle, and The Georgia Bulletin.
      Jef and his wife, author and columnist Lorraine V. Murray, produced
      their first book together (How Shall We Celebrate? – Resurrection
      Press) in 2005, and Jef's latest illustrations can be found in
      Tolkien biographer Joseph Pearce's first book of poetry, Divining
      Divinity (Kaufmann Publishing, 2008). Jef's website is at
      www.JefMurray.com, and a catalog of his available paintings and
      prints can be found at ADC Art and Books at www.adcbooks.co.uk.

      Catherine Karina Chmiel (Kasiopea) lives and works in Warsaw with her
      family and three rabbits. She has been drawing all her life - as long
      as she can remember. Since 1993, she has been working as an
      illustrator, whichwas her childhood dream, and has illustrated over
      70 books, mainly children's classics and fantasy. Her two passions
      are Tolkien and zoology. She is especially fond of little birds,
      rabbits, and horses. Tove Jansson and Ernest H. Shepard are the main
      influences on her art.
      Ms. Chmiel discovered Tolkien when she was 12 years old and stayed
      faithful to his works ever since. At first, she was interested in him
      from the literary point of view - writing essays and her M.A. thesis
      was entitled "Moral problems in J.R.R. Tolkien's works". It was only
      at the beginning of 2002 that she decided to illustrate Tolkien.
      Previously, she was awed by his works and thought she wouldn't prove
      equal to the task. Kasia is interested in relationships between
      characters, private scenes, emotions, and dilemmas. Her works are her
      tribute to her favourite characters - Boromir, Maeglin and Feanor.

      Colin "Bungo" Williams, Annandale Australia
      Born Inverell NSW Australia, 1945. World War II forced to close down
      almost immediately thereafter. Am told calamitous competition too
      great.Son of much-relocated School Headmaster and elocution/ sewing
      teacher. Lived Ashford, Dorrigo and Wauchope, quaint country
      outposts, before hitting the Big Smoke - Sydney - age 9.Education:
      Brighton-le-Sands - on Botany Bay [landing place for Captain James
      Cook's discovery of Oz in 1770] - Sydney Boys' High and Sydney
      University [Architecture degree 1968]. Would-be try-hard swimmer and
      athlete [backstroke and hurdles], to junior State Representative
      level. Thereafter the effort became too great. Into the theatre as
      stage and costume designer, would-be singer, ham actor, scenic
      artist, costume painter, draftsman, illustrator, opera enthusiast,
      jack-of-all-trades - master-of-none.
      Introduced to JRR Tolkien at age of 26. Furious to have lived so long
      ignorant. Loved Smith of Wootton Major then became immediately
      besotted by The Hobbit. Loved The Lord of the Rings, but have
      remained mesmerised by Bilbo's There-and-Back-Again saga ever
      since.Considered Tolkien's delightful, anaemic water-colours did no
      justice to the magic of his own writings. Egoistically resolved to
      redress the imbalance with black-and-white interpretations. First
      efforts [1974] halting and gawky. Marriage and raising four sons
      followed in a manic blur. Later, lack of imagination for birthday
      and Christmas presents prompted Hobbit sketches and eventually annual
      JRRT Calendars, with originals doubling as gifts. Poor benighted
      family have endured these efforts twice annually since 1999. 2008
      sees the twelfth Hobbit Calendar and my first TLotR Calendar [in
      colour] - Book I. Remain JRRT-besotted. Never fail to find new
      details and revelations in TH each annual reading. Ditto TLotR.
      Cannot live without them. Serendipitously "discovered" by Parmastahir
      on an e-bay auction in 2006 and inspired to greater feats by the
      enthusiasm of North America's shared adoration of The Master
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